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In Memoriam – Five Years Later – Claudia Laffranchi – Hollywood Foreign Correspondent

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IN MEMORIAM
JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP REMEMBERING OUR DEAR FRIEND

Click to watch this YouTube selection of
some of Claudia’s work – Thank You Alberto Engeli, drzoom.com

We love and miss you, Claudia!

Each year during Festival season we are reminded of our community’s great loss. Claudia Laffranchi (IMDB – fb – tw), 49, Angelena-Ticinese, Foreign Correspondent, journalist and emcee of the International Film Festival in Locarno, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, in the early afternoon of May 22nd, 2012. 

Claudia was in very close contact with her Homeland Ticino in southern Switzerland, where she regularly collaborated with local television stations and newspapers as their Los Angeles entertainment correspondent. For the past seven years she was also the multi-talented, multi-lingual live emcee and presenter at the Piazza Grande during the Locarno International Film Festival.

This year’s “Locarno in Los Angeles” event would have been SO much richer, had she been around… sniff…

Living in Hollywood and having extensive first-hand exposure to the World of cinema and television, enticed her to also produce and direct. Claudia was welcomed to the elite circle of influential journalists by winning the prestigious 53rd journalism award given by her peers of the Los Angeles Press Club.

She graced thousands of people with her presence, her beautiful smile, her wit and sense of humor – and was a great cheerleader for the #Angeleno-Swiss/Ticinese community and the driving force behind the creation of Helvetic.LA, who encouraged many creative projects and actively promoted young talent, and mingled among the great Hollywood Stars with her usual poise, class, style, elegance and grace.

We were so much looking forward to growing old together – either in LA, in Ticino, or enjoying the Best of both Worlds – but she left us way too early. Our hearts are aching and our sincere condolences go to her loved ones in Ticino. 

Per Claudia’s Family wishes, her friends in Los Angeles had the chance to gather in a private ceremony Wednesday, to pay respects, celebrate her life, and say “arrivederci” to our dearest friend. 

In Memory of Claudia: Festival del Film LocarnoErich Maria Remarque & Paulette Goddard Foundation

Media:
(Italian Corriere del Ticinotio.chTicinonews, Giornale del Ticino, InfoInsubria, RSI-Quotidiano – video)
(German: Blick / GMX / Tages Anzeiger )
(English: LA Observer / ScreenDaily )

Previous Helvetic.LA stories of everyone’s best friend, our eternally beautiful Claudia 

Gorgeous #Ticino: where Swiss quality meets Italian lifestyle!

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May 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Honorary Angeleno-Swiss Hanspeter Danuser waking up Santa Barbara…the Swiss way!

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Hanspeter Danuser and lovely wife Amelie-Claire von Platen (web), our good friends and supporters from St. Moritz, are at the tail-end of their 90-day “Honeymoon-in-a-camper-adventure”, (re-)Discovering the West and blogging about it on www.suedostschweiz.ch.

What better way to rise and shine “The Swiss way” on this glorious Sunday morning along the Santa Barbara Coast!

Welcome to southern California, Hanspeter and Amelie-Claire – you are our “Honorary Angeleno-Swiss

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October 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

World-Class Smooth Jazz, made in Ticino!

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Congratulations Fabio Mignola, Smooth Jazz Recording Artist from Minusio/Ticino, for your constant presence on LA’s Smooth Jazz Airwaves!

Fabio’s “Groovy Nights” is featured on iTunes’ “Smooth Jazz Affair” Podcast, Show #76.

Check out Fabio’s latest release on iTunes

Auguri, Fabio! You Made(it)in.LA+!

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April 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

SCILLA – Acoustic & Unplugged – this Thursday April 7th, 9pm – at the Mezz Bar, Alexandria Hotel in Downtown LA

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Swiss pop/rock singer/songwriter Scilla’s Pop-Rock music is influenced by Pink, No Doubt, The Runaways, Anouk, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga.

This talented young singer/songwriter from the Italian part of Switzerland (Ticino) studied Music in Milan, Italy and Music Business at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood – surely a good choice on getting the necessary tools on how to make it in the US. Last year Scilla participated at the Swiss final of the Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Barbie Doll”, which she co-wrote with guitarist Rafael Moreira (official, wiki, youtube).

If you would like to check out more of her work, visit www.scillamusic.com or better yet, stop by the Mezz Bar (yelp) on the 2nd floor of the Alexandria Hotel in Downtown LA, this coming THURSDAY, APRIL 7 @ 9pm, where Scilla will perform an unplugged, acoustic and soulful 45 min. set at the Mezz Bar in Los Angeles.

Congratulations, Scilla – You Made(it)in.LA+!

VENUE INFO:
Mezz Bar
Alexandria Hotel
501 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 622-6287

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April 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Hey DJ BOBO, Welcome to Vegas! – LA+: Get your tickets now!

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DJ BOBO (IMDB, wiki, official, YouTube)

(via Switzerland Calling/ThinkSwiss/Consul General)

Swiss singer, songwriter, dancer, music producer and National Ambassador against Hunger for the UN World Food Program will visit the U.S. this spring and perform his 1,001st concert on April 23 @ 6:00pm (family show, under 21 OK) at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. This is NOT a mega-venue: seats are limited and there’s a planeload of Swiss Fans traveling to Vegas for the Easter Holiday who will be attending so,

AngelenoSwiss:
GET YOUR
TICKETS HERE!


Anyone attending DJ BoBo’s concert in Las Vegas will get a welcome drink, a T-Shirt and will be able to get a personal photo with him!

DJ BoBo is known for his captivating stage shows combining the musical genres of dance, HI-NRG, euro pop, euro dance, rap and reggae with a theme stage decor and a dazzling light show into an enthralling performance. So far 4 million people around the world have seen him on stage. DJ BoBo has released 10 studio albums and sold 14 million records worldwide.

He has received 10 World Music Awards, making him the most successful Swiss musician of all time. In 2006, DJ BoBo became a National Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme Against Hunger (WFP) He is the first Swiss celebrity to assume the role. “Traveling around the world has made me sensitive to people in need. It is a privilege to be able to help,” he said. DJ BoBo is proud to support the WFP and make a positive change: His status as an international musician helps to raise awareness for the WFP’s fight against hunger.

DJ Bobo’s connection to us here in Hollywood? Have you ever heard the theme song to “Beverly Hills Chihuaua“? After “Chihuahua” was used in a Spanish “Coca-Cola” commercial, it became the second best selling single worldwide in 2003! How’s that for numbers?

For that and the many achievements including humanitarian efforts during his stellar career, we’re recognizing DJ BOBO with an Honorary Angeleno-Swiss Award. Congratulations, DJ BOBO, You’ve Made(it)in.LA+.

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April 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

Mardi-Gras, Ticino-Style: Celebrate with Switzerland’s version of Reno 911, “I Frontaliers” (the Border Patrol)

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March 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

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